World Monuments Fund Presents

What It Was: A Pluralistic Community

While the Mellah is now often referred to as the Jewish Quarter, at least in Essaouira, that does not reveal the full picture. Essaouira - Mogador is described by many as a place where religious diversity and peaceful coexistence was demonstrated in everyday life.

We spoke to locals who described what they remember from growing up in the Mellah, providing a more accurate view of what the neighborhood was like before the mass migration of the Jewish community.